Holt is a beautiful Georgian country town set on the edge of the Glaven Valley in the undulating North Norfolk countryside. It is 23 miles north of the city of Norwich, 9.5 miles west of Cromer and 35 miles east of King's Lynn. It is connected to the coastal town of Sheringham by the North Norfolk Steam Railway – the Poppy Line.
Quaint streets and courtyards house many independently run bookshops, antique and bric-a-brac shops, galleries, boutiques and other shops, selling unusual and interesting goods. The town also has its very own department store, Bakers & Larners, which sells a vast array of products in its many different departments. There are a good selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs in Holt as well as B&Bs and other holiday accommodation.
Gresham’s public school is situated within Holt and was originally founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham; it has long been an important local centre for education. For many years the school was for boys only, but Gresham began to admit girls in the early 1970s and is now fully co-educational.
During the summer Holt has an almost continental atmosphere, with many of its pubs and restaurants providing outside seating. The town in the winter is reminiscent of traditional Christmas card scenes with twinkling white lights fitted to every building in sight.
On the outskirts of the town lies Holt Country Park. With more than 100 acres of woodland, picnic area, adventure playground and nature trails, it is the perfect place for families to reconnect and enjoy time together outside.
Interesting facts about Holt
- The name Holt is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word for woodland
- In 1708 Holt was devastated by a fire, destroying most of the medieval town in a matter of three hours. Rebuilt during the Georgian period, Holt is today renowned for its many Georgian buildings
- Holt’s Christmas light display is considered by many as the best in the county. Thousands and thousands of lights adorn roofs, gables, windows and gutters and attract many visitors to the town each year
- The Holt Summer Festival began in 2009 and is a popular arts festival that runs for a week. During festival week Holt plays host to many musicians, actors, poets, dancers, artists and comedians in various venues around the town including the church, the Auden Theatre, bookshop, Holt Community Centre, hotels and Holt’s Theatre in the Woods
- Famous people from Holt include: Sir William Stanley (1435–1495), soldier, Lord Chamberlain, Sir John Gresham (1492–1556), merchant and founder of Gresham's School, Sir Richard Gresham 1494–1549), merchant and MP, Sebastian Shaw (1905–1994), actor, Billa Harrod (1911-2005), architectural conservationist, Sir Matthew Pinsent (born 1970), Olympic gold medallist in rowing, Gareth Sibson (born 1977), writer and broadcaster and Kieron Williamson (born 2002), landscape artist nicknamed ‘Mini Monet’
Holt is a pretty Georgian market town in north Norfolk, 23 miles from the city of Norwich and 9.5 miles from Cromer. It is the perfect place for a full day out and is an ideal base to stay and explore the surrounding area, being in close proximity to the beautiful north Norfolk coastline and stunning countryside.
Map of Holt
Attractions in Holt
Situated in north Norfolk, Holt, Bircham Gallery stocks work by over 200 artists including paintings, prints, sculpture, studio ceramics, glass and designer jewellery. Admission is free.
Accommodation in Holt
This is a very special, unique property - an individually designed luxurious wooden lodge - set within its own large woodland garden in a 'secret' location, yet within easy walking distance of Holt town centre.
Poppy Cottage (Holt)
A super flint end terrace cottage quietly located within just a few minutes' walk of the centre of this popular Georgian town, where you will find everything you need for a perfect break away.
Built in 2018, this spacious and sophisticated modern mews style house is situated on a select development on the edge of Holt town centre. Beautifully presented, with stylish interiors, this is a perfect bolt hole for any time of the year.